#131 Forest Therapy

Imagine that there is a bridge between you and a state of health, well-being, vitality, creativity, and empathy for yourself and the world around you. That bridge exists and is accessible to anyone for free—and that bridge is forest therapy. Spending time in nature, disconnected from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, is a relaxing, restorative, health-enhancing experience.

In this episode, I discuss forest therapy and how it can improve your overall well-being, creativity, and connection to the world around you. I reveal how nature inspired me to write my book, The Vitality Mark. I explain how spending time in natural environments can help you lower your stress response, increase your relaxation response, and become more compassionate to yourself and the world around you. I also highlight how you can make the most out of your time being in nature to maximize its benefits.

“Forest therapy, or shinrin-yoku, can become that bridge to more well-being and vitality; it can take you home not just to nature, but to your true nature.” – Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • Nature as a creative laboratory
  • How time in nature can reduce the voice of the inner-critic and increase self-compassion
  • The ‘Green Exercise’ prescription
  • The history of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku
  • Improving your relaxation response through forest therapy
  • How time spent in nature can reduce stress and chronic health conditions
  • How being in nature produces a flow state and triggers the “small self” effect
  • Forest therapy and raising awareness of the importance of the natural world
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson on adopting the pace of nature
  • What you should do before ending your time in nature
  • Hellen Keller on spending time in nature

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